Anecdote: I was at a Democratic club meeting on Staten Island recently, chatting with a few party members, and they mentioned that soon there will be candidate forums.
"Forum, or debate?" I asked.
"Typically they are forums, where candidates refrain from talking about their opponents," they replied.
I don't know about you, but I'm a debate kind of guy (note: so far, all Democrats running in the 11th are guys, alas). Let's not adopt consultant-speak and pretend like it isn't a debate.